The K-State Wildcats (11-1) begin their Big 12 Conference slate at home against the Texas Longhorns (6-6). It is only the second conference opener in December in the team’s history; the other was at Kansas on Dec. 16, 1927, when both teams were in the Missouri Valley Conference.
K-State has an all-time record of 17-15 against Texas, but is 11-15 against the Longhorns since the formation of the Big 12. The Wildcats are on a four-game losing streak to the ‘Horns.
K-State’s last game was a 67-54 victory over Gardner-Webb before the Christmas break, and the Wildcats have won their past six games against a pillow-soft schedule. Texas’ latest action was a 5-point loss to Kent State on Tuesday. The Longhorns have struggled to a 6-6 record that also includes losses to Northwestern, Colorado, UT-Arlington, Michigan, and Arkansas.
Oddsmakers listed by Yahoo Sports have K-State favored by 8.5 points with an over/under of 130.5. That suggests a score of about 70-61 in favor of the Wildcats.
The Wildcats and Longhorns are scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m. CST at Bramlage Coliseum (capacity 12,528) in beautiful Manhattan, Kansas.
K-State alumnus Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst) will broadcast the game on ESPNews.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) will call the game on the K-State Sports Network. The game will also be available on SiriusXM 81.
A free video stream via WatchESPN may be available, depending on your cable/internet provider. Free streaming audio of the K-State Sports Network broadcast will be available at kstatesports.com.